23 Mar 2011 @ 17:19 

We are fulltiming in Panoply as of April 15, 2011, if not a few days sooner.

YAY! Leon, me, and all 26.5 feet of Panoply – and no toad.

We are not looking at this as a full time vacation – it is merely a new, smaller home that moves – and we will have to workamp to pull it off. That’s OK, it is still a partial retirement.

Leon has worked hard for 47.5 years, many of those years were 6 day work weeks, some a full time and part time job held at same time.

Blogs will change – still working that out – this time Leon is supposed to chime in.

We have finally learned to not just dream, but dream on a larger scale – and work toward making our dreams happen. Have you?

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Last Edit: 23 Mar 2011 @ 17:19

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 02 Jul 2010 @ 22:59 

And so, We only just unrolled the awning for the FIRST time. (OK, so that sentence was written months ago. Time flew by, we have not opened it again.) This is what we inherited :

Lazy Daze Awning 1

Lazy Daze Awning 2

Lazy Daze Awning 3

Yuck. Now to figure out how to clean it – someday. Too many priorities right now. I heard those Mr. Clean sponges might help. (Awful tiny to do that big surface.) I suppose I should read the booklet that came with the Lazy Daze and then search the forums for other suggestions as well. Any guesses as to how clean it will come?

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Last Edit: 09 Jul 2010 @ 23:52

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 20 Apr 2010 @ 11:52 

For years, I never fought my procrastination. I’m trying now – occasionally. Not often enough, judging by the few posts I’ve made in recent months.

I could make excuses, I have been online searching for:

  • sink to replace the cracked RV one (thousands of sinks later and not one that is what I need – or want)
  • no VOC flooring

And then there is the packing as we are moving into our son’s rental property, but other people move and raise kids and have fun and blog at the same time. Of course, I have spent a lot of time creating lists….

Do I follow them? No. My joy is in creating them. At least now, most of my lists are on the hard drive rather than on bits of paper that a tree sacrificed itself for.

One list I have followed and because I have, I’ve been supporting online retailers! Since Panoply, our RV, will be our full time home part time, I am getting anything I deem a health or safety related item ordered now. Dishes or cute little pillows? No! We will make do with what we have.

But, I refuse to compromise on these:

  • no or low chemical items for flooring, curtains, and sofa/bed mattresses
  • new technology fire extinguishers (and more of them)
  • LED tail lights (so much brighter)
  • tire pressure monitoring system
  • extra smoke detectors and another propane alarm

My biggest frustration with myself? I am quite capable of organizing almost anything. It is following through with the plan where I fall apart.

Today, I took one step forward. I typed this instead of sitting in front of the TV procrastinating. Oh, and I deleted about 100 links to products I have no intention of really needing or buying.

And one more important duty to stop procrastination on: I am in the next minute installing the free virus checker for Mac, ClamXav. It’s about time. Then I really should start packing

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Last Edit: 20 Apr 2010 @ 13:59

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 04 Feb 2010 @ 22:42 

My mind bounces from place to place. No, make that it bounces and zig zags and backtracks and races. There. That is more accurate. I’ve been waiting so many months to start my series on remodeling our RV that I got ahead of myself. I should have named the series before I wrote even my farfetched dreams for it. So, rather than throw a fit over it, I’m going to…

continue, I think. To make it worse, grin, I had to use Leon as a sounding board to come up with a title, and though he will take credit for the series title, I thought of it at the same time. Guess it is because we have been married so very long. ; )

You do get it don’t you? ReVitalizing RV Panoply ties in with my blog’s tag line. Now I can get on with telling our journey to making someone else’s RV into ours. Yes, it is remodeling,


but more importantly it is ReVising and ReVitalizing what will become our part time full time home. If it ReVitalizes Leon or I along the journey, we won’t be complaining. Speaking of ReVitalizing. I sure hope our Mother-in-Law Tongue helps eat some of the off gassing in the RV.

Mother-in-Law Tongue

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Last Edit: 04 Feb 2010 @ 22:42

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 31 Jan 2010 @ 19:07 

Sundays on my blog are supposed to be about calm – or – chaos. Migraine for me (though short lived one), major eye strain ’cause I don’t want to buy a hot lamp so I can see, and a crummy cold for Leon, though it’s hit him less hard than those from whom he obtained it. Relatively calm here between naps and playing couch potatoes.

That is not true; my brain is in complete chaos about Panoply’s design, but on to the pic of the gift that will help future picnics, and therefore, future calm.

PIcnic Table with self-storing benches

Isn’t it cute? About 47″ long, with two little benches that when folded click in for storage beneath the folded picnic table. Our son and daughter-in-law gave it to us for Christmas, their way of “approving” our RV dreams. OK, that’s not it at all, but it was our first gift for Panoply – and a thoughtful one at that! Don’t know where we can keep it, but Leon will make it work, ’cause he knows better than to let ME find a place for it – that will involve construction – or a new car.

Of course, with a green table and benches, one blue folding chair and one bright orange folding chair, and a beige mat left by previous owners, we will be known as the Mismatch Duo, but all money is going into safety related items and into changing out some items for less ‘toxic’ items, not decorating. That is just the way I want it!

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Last Edit: 05 Feb 2010 @ 15:44

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